|[Mona's Candle Light ca 1950s]|
Mona's Candle Light was discovered among reels of film that Geoff Alexander, of the Bay Area-based Academic Film Archive of North America, bought at a flea market in an unmarked box. There are no credits, so it is impossible to determine who shot it and for what purpose. The film is 1950s footage, probably amateur, of a well know lesbian club (which had opened in the 1930s), Mona's Candle Light, and it is an invaluable document of that underground scene...
Keywords: drag king; lesbian nightclub
Downloads: 2,650 (1 review)
|Magicians Of India - Castle Films|
'Magicians of India' (1940?) 10m, uncredited director. This gem combines the best in colonialist attitudes with some truly amazing magic from the fakirs shot in real-time with no edits (we can't figure how they do it either).
Keywords: magicians; India; fakirs; street performers
|Magnet Laboratory, A - Richard Leacock|
In the hands of another director, the inner-workings of a magnet laboratory could have caused a whole classroom to fall asleep of boredom. No so when Leacock was hired to produce this twenty-minute version of lab mayhem. Try this: six researchers in a lab at MIT in the late 1950's show-off the power of electro-magnets, and in the process, accidentally set an experiment on fire(Leacock says he did a retake without the fire, but preferred the immediacy of the fire sequence and kept it in)...
Keywords: magnet; degauss; physics; science; PSSC; Leacock
Downloads: 9,173 (4 reviews)
|Maguey: Plant of a Thousand Uses - Ralph Adams|
Adams is a filmmaker whose life and work appear to be completely unknown today, as we have conducted a fruitless search to obtain biographical and filmographic information. He covered a breadth of territory, and we suspect that he might have made dozens of films on Mexican themes. His narration is not the most compelling, but he was a very good cinematographer, and apparently insisted upon superior print materials, as his color is exceptional for the era...
Keywords: maguey; pulque
Downloads: 1,570 (1 review)
|Man and the State : Hamilton and Jefferson on Democracy - Bernard Wilets|
The main points of controversy between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson are examined as the two historical figures debate various crises in American history. They are raised from the dead, awaken, debate the Civil War, the Great Depression, and Vietnam, then are returned to their deaths. Filmmaker Bernard Wilets shown briefly on camera, sitting to the right of the camera, wearing a cap. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
|Man and the State : Marx and Rockefeller on Capitalism. - Bernard Wilets|
People from the future conjure these two ghosts from the past, who fade back into the past as the film ends. Here, Karl Marx and John D. Rockefeller debate their philosophies of private versus public ownership, free versus regulated markets, revolutionary versus evolutionary change. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
|Man and the State : Roosevelt and Hoover on the Economy - Bernard Wilets|
In this film from Bernard Wilets' 'Man and the State' series, the director evaluates the conflicting views of Franklin Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover on economic policy, the Federal deficit, bureaucracy, and the role of the Federal Government in the lives of American citizens, as the two debate their reasons for acting or failing to act during the Great Depression. For more on Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
Keywords: FDR; Franklin Roosevelt; Herbert Hoover
|Man and the State: Burke and Paine on Revolution - Bernard Wilets|
Bernard Wilets directed and wrote a number of outstanding dramas based on historical political figures in his 'Man and the State series, and this is perhaps our favorite, not only for the exceptional acting and writing, but also for the terrific surprise ending. Monarchist Edmund Burke, one of England's most articulate conservatives of the 18th century, and pamphleteer Thomas Paine, a leading radical and revolutionary of the American Colonies, here attend an imaginary dinner party at the home of...
Keywords: Thomas Paine; Edmund Burke; Richard Sheridan; debate
|Manufacturing Midwest - Jon Wilkman Productions|
Examines the manufacturing resources of the American Midwest.
Keywords: United States; geography
|Marxism : the Theory That Split the World - George Kaczender|
Explores the theories of Karl Marx and how they evolved as the major ideology of one third of the world. The production examines the roots of Marxism and carefully discloses the contradiction between Marx's hopes and today's reality. For more on director George Kaczender, visit http://www.afana.org/kaczender.htm
|Matthew Aliuk: Eskimo in Two Worlds - Bert Salzman|
Matthew's Uncle Isak comes to visit the family in Anchorage after undergoing harsh and unfruitful hunting conditions in the North. Uncle Isak's challenges in dealing with a more structured urban environment presents a problem for he and family. The story is poignant especially when told by the Eskimos in the film; at these times the faces of the narrators reveal their sorrow and unease even more than their words...
Keywords: Bert Salzman
Downloads: 1,077 (1 review)
|Maya Are People - Les Mitchel|
Many explorer-adventurer hosts of historical/cultural films viewed their subjects as "objects" (e.g. C. Ernest Cadle and Carveth Wells), their colonialist attitudes seeping precariously through the safety-film. Not so the wonderful and forgotten Les Mitchel, who arrives in the Lacandon area of the Yucatan, shows the chief Obregon K’in (of Agua Azul village, Palenque) how to fire a pistol, takes him on a plane-ride to view his ancestral ruins at Palenque...
Keywords: Lacandon; Obregon; Palenque; Les Mitchel
Downloads: 6,751 (2 reviews)
|Me and You, Kangaroo|
In a touching tale a boy raises an orphaned baby kangaroo in the outback of Australia but due to events beyond his control is forced to return the animal to the wild. A film for animal lovers of all ages. Beautifully photographed and acted. A classic animal story. Awards: AUSTRALIA’S BEST CHILDREN’S FILM AWARD AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL “CINE GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD”
Keywords: Bert Salzman
Downloads: 5,402 (4 reviews)
|Meaning of Time In Science, The - Milan Herzog|
Examines the concepts of the entropy principle and of astronomical time, the relation of subjective and external time, and the definition of a second. Includes demonstrations of scientific timepieces and of the cyclotron. Features producer Milan Herzog in cameo role as the director of a space project.
Keywords: afana; Herzog
Downloads: 4,086 (1 review)
|Mexican Ceramics - Reino Randall and Richard Townsend|
This highly informative, well-made film focused on four geograophical areas: 1) Coyotepec, 2) Metepec (the art of Timotéo), 3) Tonalá (the work of Señores Palacios and Galván), 4) Puebla. Here we see low-fire pottery making as it was done by primitive methods before the potter's wheel, and the manufacture of the beautiful blue and white Talavera and polychrome high-fire pottery of Puebla.
Keywords: Tonala; Puebla'Mexico
|Mexican Village Life - Paul Hoefler Productions|
Here, Willard Hahn travels to the village of San Diego de Tecoltepec, 6 miles from Toluca. He focuses on the harvesting of maguey juice, the washing of clothes in-stream, and the town’s water cistern, as the village has no running water. The villagers board a beautiful old bus to take their goods to the nearby market in Toluca, and walk home to avoid paying the fare of several centavos.
Keywords: Mexico, Toluca, maguey, bus
|Michelangelo - John Barnes|
(EB 1965 W/D/P/CO-C with Joseph Ambor, edited by Charles Hasse, made in Italy; ) Director John Barnes presents the story of Michelangelo: the pressures of the art-centered world of his time that used his talents in painting, architecture, and engineering in spite of his desire to be only a sculptor. The film discusses examples of his success in stone through such works as Bacchus, David, Victory, Moses, the Pieta, and the Dying Captive, as well as his frescoes in the Sistine Chapel...
Keywords: art; Renaissance; sculpture
|Middle Ages - A Wanderer's Guide To Life and Letters - Piers Jessop|
Director Piers Jessop’s 'Middle Ages - A Wanderer's Guide To Life and Letters,' is full of humor (some of it, wonderfully, on the dark side), and is a tour-de-force for the brilliant acting of Nicholas Pennell as ‘Robert,’ a fun-loving, arty, bawdy, and roguish guide to the culture, politics, and mores of the year 1350. Athletic and erudite, Pennell stole kisses, ran from pursuers, and leapt obstacles as he engaged the viewer by proving that old times may not have been all that different f...
|Middle Atlantic Region, The - Jon Wilkman.|
Director Jon Wilkman proposed to revolutionize geographical educational films by telling the story of the land through the stories of its people, in their own words, in the eight films in his "Geography' series. The films involve people of several ethnicities. In Middle Atlantic Region (1976), for example, a black truck driver tell how racism affects his business, a satisfied white ad exec who wants her children growing up in New York City is juxtaposed with a struggling single black mother who ...
Keywords: geography; United States
|Miguel: Up From Puerto Rico - Bert Salzman|
Miguel, a Puerto Rican boy has moved to New York City with his family. He finds his ability to speak English and Spanish puts him at an advantage in assisting his family in their new surroundings. Miguel later stretches his ingenuity to an extreme when, to put food on his family’s table, he goes fishing in the heavily polluted East River. A moving and amusing film with many suprises. Awards: Winner Columbus Film Festival; Best in Category Aired on CBS Childrens Film Festival Columbus Film Fest...
Keywords: Bert Salzman
Downloads: 2,150 (5 reviews)
|Mike Makes his Mark - Irving Rusinow|
8th grader Mike wears a perfecto, idolizes a dropout, and hates the new school. He challenged it by slashing an ugly mark on its front. Then he found that the mark would stay on the wall and on his conscience until he removed it by his own decision. Mike's only interest is in electronics, and he repairs radios as a hobby. His counselor and teachers use his interest in electronics to prompt him to improve his reading and attitude...
Keywords: school; tagging; grafitti; perfecto; elecronics
|Modern Business Machines for Writing, Duplicating, and Recording - Teaching Aids Exchange|
An intriguing historical film, demonstrating many expensive business machines found in modern offices of the era, including electromatic and Chinese typewriters and machines for filming, stenciling, folding and lithographing. Among the machines shown are Diebold's Flofilm microfiche recorder, the Fileomatic Desk, the Pierce Electronic Wire Recorder, the Soundscriber with plastic disk, the Elliott Stencil Machine with Graphotype machine, the Davidson Duplicator for litho printing, the Davidson Fo...
Keywords: Chinese Typewriter; Fileomatic; Graphotype; IBM Model A; Stella Pajunas
Downloads: 5,776 (3 reviews)
|Modern Identity, A - Johanna Alemann|
Focuses on the new creativity of American architecture. Explains that in past centuries city architecture in the United States revealed worldwide influences and the diverse cultures of the past. Shows that American architecture eventually broke with tradition and that the wide variety of imaginative designs which are being created have a modern identity and are of national origin. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
|Molinos De Viento - Milan Herzog|
Lesson 12 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Emilio en España' Spanish language instruction series of 1965. This film focuses on the mill culture of La Mancha as they visit an ancient waterwheel (noria), a country bakery, and view the fascinating inner workings of a centuries-old windmill, as they tour the Meseta Central in their Land Rover Series II SWB. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm
Keywords: Land Rover Series II; La Mancha; windmill; noria; Spanish language instruction
|Mudflat - Richard A. Reynolds|
Years ago, artists would walk around the muck at the edge of the San Francisco Bay in Emeryville, and build loads of sculptures out there on the flats, created from driftwood and found objects that drivers would enjoy as they motored south on the old Highway 17 (known in numerous radio ads as 'Highway 17, The Nimitz'). Grabbing material off someone else’s work was considered fair game and part of the fun, and contributed a kinetic dynamic to the ongoing display...
Keywords: San Francisco Bay; wood sculpture
|Music from Oil Drums - Toshi and Peter Seeger|
Long unavailable, this film presents Pete Seeger (who wrote a manual for playing steel drums) visiting steel drum makers and players in Trinidad. We found the process of tuning the pans particularly interesting.
Downloads: 4,810 (1 review)